This is an email CC’d to every BAKE member who’s in the mailing list. I don’t know who wrote it but it deserves to be made public. And I’m posting it here as a way to revive the discussion I had started on BAKE some months back.
I believe in the role that BAKE continues to play representing online content creators and the good work that they have done so far in legitimizing a field that most never took seriously.
However, the leadership at BAKE is rotten and that’s why am writing to you. There are things that have gone on in the last 3 months that have revealed Wamathai and Kachwanya to be greedy, manipulative and self-serving individuals who will do anything to hold on to power as the only leaders in BAKE and BML (Bloggers Media Ltd – the for profit Digital agency for bloggers).
Continue reading “Has BAKE become an entity for 2 Individuals only?”
I don’t know why or how it happened. I had never thought of it, of us as such. He is just a friend. Not even a close friend. We are classmates, and flatmates, if you can call these flats. We talk a little and that’s all.
He’s a good guy. Though I hate his guts and ego. I hate how he talks in class. He acts all corky on things he’s sure about, and all stupid in stuff he doesn’t know. You should see him argue his points out. One feels like slapping him! Sometimes something is very obvious and he’ll still argue it out and stick with his opinion even if the lecturer wants to throw him out. He says he hates school. He says the education system is messed up. He misses classes he doesn’t like and is very vocal in classes he likes. He doesn’t want to be employed and is always talking about stuff most people don’t care about. If he believes in something you’ll have to feed him facts to make him change his mind. He lectures people with an egoistic authoritative voice, and everyone hates it. He’ll bust in to my house to talk about the future, a new song or why everyone should be thinking about getting something to do as the system is messing us up.
Continue reading “I’ll Probably Regret this!”
You know it is somewhat funny that the idea for this anonymous site was born when I was meeting fellow blogger friends as we were chatting a way forward for ourselves and criticizing BAKE. I didn’t start it to make fun of BAKE or of anyone. And as you can read from the first post I made, I intend for it to be a place where I share stories. Whether I criticize the government, people or associations in these stories is up to me to decide. But this is a site for stories. Not a place to hide my identity. I want my words and my content to be judged on their own. Not under the façade of my gender, who I am, what I have achieved or how I look like.
I am having my usual cup of coffee and it is raining outside. The sound of the rain is beautiful as it hasn’t rained in ages. We’ll probably be on the news tomorrow. Flooding. Continue reading “Is the Bloggers Association of Kenya Really Listening to Bloggers’ Complaints?”
I have just received an email from BAKE, yes I am still a member, announcing the voting phase for the blog awards. The sham that we call Blog awards. How we are lied to friends…
My networks have all been nominated. And I am happy for them. I didn’t expect nomination since my site – the one most of you would know me from – is still small and receives only about 250 views a day. Plus I wasn’t interested in being nominated. The blogger girl just called. She was screaming that her personal site has been left out. I had to tell her there are so many fashion bloggers in Kenya, they probably have never heard of her. Told her to get a nose ring. Maybe that’d get her nominated next year. But she’s happy the site they formed as a group has been nominated.
Continue reading “The Lie that is the Kenyan Blog Awards – 2016 Edition”
It is a funny week this one. And I am in one of those moments where I just want to write my thoughts out. I have a list, in fact, of things I have wanted to say on this simple blog of mine. I hope I will find time to put all of them here. I haven’t really cared whether or not people discover this site. But I hope people do. So share whichever post you like and invite more people. Since I intend on posting here anonymously a little help from people sharing will go a long way.
I have lived part of my life in Tanzania and one thing I love most about the country is the readiness and willingness of people to trust. People are ready to trust when you tell them something. And they’ll put their mind and heart into what you say. But it isn’t just blind trust. You’ll be pinned down for your words when you fail to deliver. And inasmuch as people don’t want to believe this, in terms of integration and togetherness, Tanzania is way ahead of us as a country. And we know a country that is together develops faster. Continue reading “What if Raila is the Magufuli we never elected?”
First of all I am a blogger. I write stories and poems. My friend here, she doesn’t know I’m typing this, is also a blogger. She has a camera man and a suitcase full of clothes. And her Instagram has to be updated hourly according to the contract she signed last month for her fashion blog. The guy sitting eyeing her from the opposite side is also a blogger. He does stories too. His are sexual and, in my honest opinion, weird. He’s just told us that he’s investing money on a young chubby cousin of his to start a food blog. He says the iPhone camera will be good for the start. We are about to have a meeting. We think we could start a travel blog since we are currently scattered all over the country. We could show-case sceneries in Kenya and see how the blog grows from there on. Continue reading “Kenyan Bloggers Are Safe”